I, as a lifelong wrestling fan, have always considered the 17th version of Wrestlemania to be its greatest. I just felt the card, as a whole, came together to make the most complete show ever. I have a friend who has always disagreed this point and attests that Wrestlemania 19 was the greatest.
I always believed it to be second on my list and it may have been a complete waste of time to try and figure out if I wanted to swap my one and two picks but it was my waste of time and I had to know. So going through each match we will see if I will hold true or accept change (which for a nerd is quite difficult).
Note: Matches are rated on a five star scale. So if something gets three stars don’t get you panties in a bunch it means I thought it was a good match.
1. Chris Jericho def. William Regal (IC Title)
Regal opened two Mania’s in a row both for the IC Title and neither could be called classics.
2. Tazz & The APA def. Right to Censor
I think people forget how over APA was in the early 2000’s and the RTC had quite the ironic gimmick given how PG the WWE has become now.
3. Kane def. Big Show & Raven (Hardcore Title)
Cody Rhodes has been showing clips of this match in his feud with Show but you can’t deny the match was fun to watch.
4. Eddie Guerrero def. Test (European Title)
Here’s a fun little tidbit for you. Test, yes the late Andrew Martin, was actually a pretty darn good wrestler. This was in no way the match of the night but it was definitely the surprise of the night.
5. Chyna def. Ivory (Women’s Title)
A squash. As it should have been for the time.
6. Shane McMahon def. Vince McMahon (Street Fight)
You have to give it to the McMahon’s, for not being “professionals” they sure do give it their all. Bumps and all.
7. Edge & Christian def. The Dudleyz and The Hardy Boyz (TLC Match for Tag Titles)
First off I’m not sure why WWE had a love of the unnecessary Z in names but it’s hell on my autocorrect. In my opinion this was my favorite of all the Ladder and TLC matches these teams had. It really was a nine person match with the likes of Spike Dudley, Rhyno and Lita all getting involved.
8. Iron Shiek won the Gimmick Battle Royal
I still hold firm that this is always better to do instead of some asinine skit with Snoop Dogg or whatever backstage crap they try to buffer matches with. It was fun and was a great nod to lifetime fans.
9. Undertaker def. HHH
Their first meeting at Mania (which WWE loves to let you forget for some reason) and it is more entertaining given they were ten years younger than last year’s encounter at 27.
10. Stone Cold def. The Rock (WWE Title)
These two met three times in the span of five Wrestlemania’s and while each one was an epic match this is the one that truly showed two main eventer’s at the top of their game and showed that they would soon join the class of legends.
1. Matt Hardy def. Rey Mysterio (Cruiserweight Title)
It was Rey pre-knee problems and Hardy in the phase of Mattitude not insane on YouTube.
2. Undertaker def. Big Show & A-Train
This match hurts me to think about. Like Taker vs Giant Gonzalez or King Kong Bundy
3. Trish def. Victoria & Jazz (Women’s Title)
I have always been a Jazz fan. Always felt like she got a raw deal. She was Beth Phoenix before anyone knew. This match held its own with any of the guys on the card.
4. Team Angle def. Los Guerreros and Rhyno/Chris Benoit (Tag Titles)
Yeah I typed Benoit (gasps). He existed despite the horrible things he did. I always thought Los Guerreros should have won this match but understood the need to make Angle’s guys look strong going into the main event.
5. Shawn Michaels def. Chris Jericho
This wasn’t about Jericho sucker punching Shawn’s wife (although that was a great part of their later feud) this was about Jericho wanting to show that he had surpassed Shawn. Pure ring magic.
6. HHH def. Booker T (World Title)
Booker T was never hotter in his career than he was during this feud. We’ve all heard the stories of HHH nixing a Booker win only days before the show but it doesn’t change the fact that this was a great match.
7. Hulk Hogan def. Vince McMahon (Street Fight)
Just like two years ago Vince found himself in a street fight but this time against his greatest creation (Shane is technically his creation but I doubt his greatest. Have you see Steph’s rack?) Hogan really brought it and this match will always be remembered for the visage of a bloody Vince peering into the ring with a smile.
8. The Rock def. Stone Cold
This match is not the best of the three but it takes on much more importance now that we know about the Austin ER scare the night before and that this ended up being Stone Cold’s final match.
9. Brock Lesnar def. Kurt Angle (WWE Title)
These two definitely lived up to the main event spot despite neither being in the business too long. Sure Angle had been there longer but only a few years. The fact Brock survived his ill fated Shooting Star Press is still amazing to me to this day.
If you made it to the end of this blog then I applaud you for being a true fan and wasting your time with me. I don’t change my mind often but going back and going through these two events again I believe that because of the main event quality matches (no less than 4) that I will readily say that Wrestlemania 19 will sit atop my list of the greatest of all.
But not by much 🙂
What are your favorites? What are you most reviled (13)? Let me know!